UK plutonium samples arrive in France for testing

UK plutonium samples totalling a few hundred grams are to be tested at the Orano Melox site in France to see whether it can be converted into mixed oxide (mox) pellets. The samples arrived by sea in Cherbourg aboard the Read More …

Lessons from the cyberattack on India’s largest nuclear power plant

Indian officials acknowledged on October 30th that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early Read More …

Kudankulam nuclear plant confirms malware, denies cyber attack

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has issued a statement confirming the presence of malware in its system at the Kudankulam nuclear plant. The NPCIL said “identification of malware in NPCIL system was correct” but the affected system was not connected Read More …

French nuclear plant gets green light but watchdog says severe risks remain

The Bugey Nuclear Power Plant, 35 kilometers west of Lyon, “has improved preparedness for evacuation of personnel” in case of a radioactive lead, enhanced its “handling of hazardous chemical substances,” improved “maintenance activities,” according to the IAEA statement. But the main problem – Read More …

Radioactive isotopes found following Russia rocket explosion

Radioactive isotopes have been discovered by Russia’s state weather agency following the explosion of a rocket engine. Five nuclear scientists were killed and three others injured in an accident earlier this month during a missile test at a military site in Read More …

Radioactivity levels abnormally high in France’s Loire river

French nuclear watchdogs warned on Tuesday that they had registered abnormally high radioactivity levels in part of the central River Loire downstream from five atomic reactors. The unusually high levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen released from nuclear Read More …

IAEA Reviews Canada’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Framework

An International Atomic Energy Agency team of experts today concluded an 11-day mission to review Canada’s Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) framework for nuclear and radiological emergencies. The Emergency Preparedness Review (EPREV) was carried out at the request of the Read More …